Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on Guns N' Roses, Cynthia Rothrock, and Alan Rickman

By EW Staff
August 30, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

Mail from our readers

Gunned Down
Your cover story on Guns N’ Roses (78) was dismally disappointing. I am dismayed that an article on such a high-powered rock band was so dull, dull, dull. Where’s the electricity, the bad-boy excitement that follows these guys wherever they go? The article sounded more like a Jerry Falwell morality lesson than a story on a rock & roll band.
JoAnn Sciro
Astoria, N.Y.

You make it sound like Guns N’ Roses concerts are full of riots, drugs, and fights. I was at their July 29 concert at the Los Angeles Forum, and get this, not one riot. There were drugs, but those are everywhere and at any concert. I only saw one small fight that was broken up by security very fast. I also found the fans to be nice and not the way you described them. Next time, before mocking the No. 1 band, attend a concert.
Jason Fisher
Ventura, Calif.

What a disgrace to your usually great magazine! The issue with Guns N’ Roses on the cover is in real bad taste. They are the worst band I’ve ever heard. Guns N’ Roses give rock & roll a bad name.
Mark Sutterfield
Sierra Vista, Ariz.

I can’t believe that the reviews for Guns N’ Roses are positive. They are a mediocre band, and Axl’s voice grates like metal on a blackboard.
Betsy Walker
Coralville, Iowa

Defense Never Rests
It would obviously be out of character for me not to respond to your article about how I always respond to articles. Please explain how it is inconsistent with my First Amendment philosophy for me to respond to my critics. The essence of the First Amendment is the marketplace of ideas, and every marketplace requires competition among ideas. The media have no monopoly on criticism. I believe that more authors should respond to their critics. It helps keep the media honest to know that their attacks will not go unanswered.
Alan M. Dershowitz
Cambridge, Mass.

In response to your article ”On Video Only,” perhaps writer Frank Lovece should become more familiar with how profitable direct-to-video product can be for a studio or filmmaker, regardless of the quality of production. the implication that direct-to-video product and the home video industry generally are somehow Hollywood’s stepchildren represents a tremendous lack of awareness on the part of the author.

After all, revenues from videocassette rentals have exceeded box office , revenue since 1987. When will Hollywood journalists and critics come to recognize the home video industry as an integral part of the entertainment business?
Dwayne F. Carter

Action Heroines
Congratulations on breaking the best-kept secret in Hollywood with your profile of Cynthia Rothrock (a.k.a. China O’Brien). Her work in obscure films like Martial Law and hard-to-find Asian productions has been putting Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, et al., to shame for years. Thanks, Entertainment Weekly, for introducing her to the mainstream of movie fans.
Colin Covert

On behalf of Gloria‘s Gena Rowlands, Aliens‘ Sigourney Weaver, La Femme Nikita‘s Anne Parillaud, and Thelma & Louise‘s Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon (among others), I want to wish the best to Cynthia Rothrock in her struggle to become ”the first female action star.” Likewise, we will all root for her as she strives to be the first to discover radium and the first female to run for the office of Vice President of the United States.
Sybil Danning
Los Angeles

Ed. Note: Danning modestly declines to note that she herself has starred in such films as Warrior Queen and Howling II: My Sister Is a Werewolf.

Relishing Rickman
Thank you for Ann McFerran’s literate and charming profile on the wondrous Alan Rickman. As I suspected, Rickman is not only a gifted actor but also intelligent, charming, and funny. As the king of the scene stealers, may he reign forever!
Susan Gardiner
Eatontown, N.J.

It?s a Job
Who reviewed Mobsters for your magazine (and give it a D)? Give me a break. The violence was graphic and looked so real I felt sorry for the ones who got bumped off. I usually agree with your reviews, but this one was wrong. The trouble with critics is that they don’t know how to enjoy themselves at a movie. I go to the movies for enjoyment and thrills. They go because it’s their job.
Carol Kelly
Roseville, Mich